MOST WHEN soi-disant conservative spokesmen ignore the principles of conservatism, conflate conservatism with the Republican party, and presume to point at this one or that one and proclaim, “He is not a conservative.”
I would suggest to you that, perhaps, those making such assertions are themselves not conservatives. Or libertarians. But that they are trapped in the northeast liberal establishment government/media bubble that has captured so many.
And it is sad to see it happen, too.